The Freedom Fighters for Marriage Equality
Davina Kotulski, Ph.D.
June 2003 was an amazing month in queer history when the Lawrence V. Texas Decision was released by the U.S. Supreme Court finally decriminalizing sexual relations between members of the same-sex and both Canada and Belgium joined the history books by becoming the second and third countries to legalize same sex marriage.
That summer, Davina Kotulski, a pioneer in the Marriage Equality Movement began interviewing the leaders, grass-roots activists, clergy, attorneys, plaintiffs, politicians, and parents who were pushing for marriage equality before it had barely even become a blip on the culture war radar screen for her book Love Warriors: The Freedom Fighters for Marriage Equality.
The over 40 interviews, most of which took place during the summer of 2003 (July through September), offer a candid view into the lives of the people who helped make marriage equality a reality in the U.S. and provide a behind-the-scenes look at what was happening before the Massachusetts Court Decision in November 2003 and before Gavin Newsom allowed same-sex couples to marry in San Francisco.
Love Warriors: The Freedom Fighters for Marriage Equality introduces the reader to real-life tragedies that same-sex couples and their families face by not having access to marriage. Love Warriors: The Freedom Fighters for Marriage Equality goes on to explain how marriage equality benefits all of American society, finding its rightful place within the context and history of the civil rights struggles that have come before. Love Warriors: The Freedom Fighters for Marriage Equality bridges the expanse between those who currently feel that same-sex couples do not deserve legal recognition of their relationships and those who have crossed to the side to full equality.
Readers will be transformed by the personal stories, hardships, and practical realities of those affected by the current discriminatory laws: a Latina lesbian couple who struggle to keep their family together despite homophobic immigration practices, a straight, married, Methodist preacher defrocked for blessing same-sex couples, and a 70 year old widowed, housewife from the Midwest who has committed her life to making sure that her gay son can one day marry.Ý
Through these stories, told by a diverse group of individuals from a variety of racial, ethnic, regional, age, gender, professional and sexual orientation backgrounds, fair-minded Americans will see this movement not as a case of “special rights,” but a “civil rights” effort to secure Gay Americans the same protections afforded all other Americans.